Full Speed At Dover

Scott Speed took his first career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series checkered flag in Friday's AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway.

The former Formula One driver became the third first-time winner in the 2008 season joining Matt Crafton and last week's Mansfield winner Donny Lia.

A two tire stop on the day's final visit to pit road proved to be the winning move for Speed, who motored around Todd Bodine for the lead late in the race.

"The truck seemed a little quicker (with just two tires)," said Speed after the race.

Speed gave Bill Davis Racing and Toyota the win at the demanding one-mile track.

"I've said it a thousand times: It's all the team," Speed said. "Actually, coming from what I've done, this track is closer to what I'm used to. When you win, you're not going to complain."

With an ARCA win and now a truck series victory to his credit, Speed could be heading for a Sprint Cup start in the near future.

“The learning curve I’ve had is amazing,” he said. “I’m looking forward to continuing on and looking forward to my first Cup race. I’m not in any rush. I’m having the time of my life just coming over here and trying to learn the sport. It’s awesome.”

Jack Sprague, Ron Hornaday, Travis Kvapil and Crafton rounded out the top five.

David Starr, Mike Skinner, Colin Braun, Rick Crawford and Johnny Benson completed the first ten finishers.

Kyle Busch once again had a strong truck but his bid for another series win came to an end when a transmission problem sidelined the No. 51 truck near the halfway point.

The Craftsman Truck Series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway next Friday night.


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